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The Double-Bind: Dissociation vs Mindfulness in bonding, attachment, traumatic injury and repair

Event Details
Date: 6-7 Oct 2020
CPD hrs: 15

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Organiser: Delphi Centre

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The 'world' of mindfulness are diametrically opposed. One is dedicated to teaching and understanding the ability to be mindfully aware of the present moment with non-judgement. The other teaches how to work with and, tries to understand, being not present in a variety of ways. In exploring the differences, we learn about the biomechanical and neurobiological places that both human responses originate. Like oil and water, the more we understand why these two areas of human functioning do not mix the more we understand about the greater human condition. The more we conceptualize why mindfulness and dissociation are rival brain activities, a clearer picture is illuminated about what we need as a species for optimal living.

Learning objectives

  1. Describe the basic neurobiological underpinnings of dissociation and Mindfulness
  2. Identify the best and most troublesome practices for individuals who have experienced complex trauma’s
  3. Discuss the importance of applying mindful care to those injuries that are hidden with dissociation
  4. Summarise the theory of dissociation and mindfulness in order to utilise mindfulness without harming the client that dissociates
  5. Differentiate the difference between service and mindful care, in order to understand dissociation and complex trauma from an attachment perspective

Presenter details

Christine Ford, President ISSTD, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW Christine has over thirty years of working with individuals with Trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, Traumatic Dissociation, Developmental Trauma and Dissociative Disorders, with specialised training in EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Psychotherapeutic Meditation techniques, Neurofeedback and Havening. She has been in the healing profession in one form or another since the age of 16 where she worked on a crisis line for teens, spending the first part of her career in the front lines working at local sexual assault centres, long term therapeutic settings and shelters for domestic violence survivors.

Since 2011, Christine has worked in private practice, specialising in complex trauma and dissociative disorders. She is the current clinical supervisor for WayPoints, a centre in Fort McMurry, Alberta that specialises in sexual assault and domestic violence. Christine teaches locally and at an international level on dissociation, complex trauma, and the intersection of dissociation and mindfulness. She is the current President for the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation and has served on the board of the ISSTD since 2010 and was ISSTD treasurer from 2011-2017. Christine is the author of Dissociation, Mindfulness and Creative Meditations: Trauma informed practices to facilitate growth (Routledge, 2017). As well as avidly working with those who have been hurt the most,

Christine has dedicated her professional life to educating others on the logic, normality and commonality of dissociation. The summation of her work is to educate practitioners about the vital importance of their presence, patience and care with those who have been through the most severe and brutal injuries so that they receive treatment with dignity and compassion.

Location and date

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

6-7 October 2020


Early Bird Individual: $650
Standard Individual: $720
Last Chance Individual: $770

Groups 3-4
Early Bird: $620
Standard: $690
Last Chance: $740

Groups 5+
Early Bird: $600
Standard: $670
Last Chance: $720

Student discount on application




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